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Old 10-12-2006, 07:03 PM   #21
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Old 10-12-2006, 07:52 PM   #22
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I've been using these and think they're great--I can still hear my bike's rumble, protect my hearing, and still hear the world around me while riding



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Old 10-12-2006, 08:01 PM   #23
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Military firing ranges, hunting, 2 stroke dirt banshees of the 60's and 70's. Glass Packs on American V8's. Big Twins with straight pipes.......... we're acousticly stimulated........it's a part of the rush. Fire up the Harley in the driveway and let the exhaust thump your chest and it's almost as good as a two hour ride on a silent speed machine. Wish it weren't so. Wear ear plugs.
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:47 PM   #24
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I did. They seem to work great, but they get an F for comfort (... hey, comfort starts with 'c', not 'f' - Yes, but 'c' was already taken for cookie). The hard plastic ends that stick out of my ear run into the inside of my helmet. Not fun for even 1 minute, let alone a good ride. I'd trim them down, but they appear to be a functional part of the earplug.



I'm sticking to my bulk box of Howard Leight Max plugs.
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Old 10-12-2006, 10:58 PM   #25
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A huge +1 to the HL MAX plug.



A few years ago I was determined to find the best earplug, money be damned...



I ordered every pair (reusable & disposable) I could find. I tried 80+ pairs (yes eighty). I even went so far to try a motorcycle show custom pair, and finally a custom pair made by my hearing specialist.



After much money, I am back to HL Max. I order them by the case.

Best earplug for moto use ever made, at any cost. I just wished I tried them first...



Now I will have to say the quietest pair I own are the custom motorcycle show pair. They do not work within my helmet (helmet changes my ear shape), but work wonders when traveling on a plane.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:23 PM   #26
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Great article. British bike mags run noise tests on helmets every few months - 70mph in an Arai is not the same as 70mph in a cheapo helmet. Nor is the Arai always better, by the way - but the point is that in helmet A your ears may be getting 110 dB while in helmet B you could be enjoying 10-15 dB less, which is quite a lot. Shop around - but it's hard to take a helmet for a test ride without buying it first!

For myself, being 6'3, the worst culprit is the vortex of disturbed airflow coming off the top of the fairing/windshield/whatever. If that meets the bottom of the helmet or the visor hinges, the result is REALLY noisy, painfully so - and often the only answer is to ride with no windshield at all. In my experience, engine and exhaust noise are only minor factors, and at anything higher than 50 mph you can't hear them anyway.
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Old 10-13-2006, 01:58 AM   #27
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I'll second that about helmets. I've got 2 HJC full-face helmets; an (LT-20 and CL-12). They look almost identical right down to the paint job, but when I wear the LT it is clearly much quieter than the CL. Strange.

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Old 10-13-2006, 02:13 AM   #28
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Good info, but this is a bike magazine. I want more bikes and babes!
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:54 AM   #29
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Dude, you wouldn't make a pimple on a real firefighter's ass. Please stop making a fool of yourself.
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Old 10-13-2006, 03:32 AM   #30
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